Mortal Kombat X is finally here and it again reminds gamers why it created the ESRB!
After almost a year of it being revealed Mortal Kombat has arrived on the PS4 Xbox One and PC with the older systems coming 3months or so later! No Wii U though!
I was afraid after seeing everything about the game that it wouldn’t feel fresh and would just be another game I’d play for a few weeks and then get bored with and not play my Xbox One again! It pleases me however that even after seeing everything about the game I’m still enthralled with Mortal Kombat X! Being a huge fan of fighting games Mortal Kombat takes the cake and cracks your head with! But does it have enough content to keep both casual players and hardcore players interested? Find out!
This is a very integral part of a fighting game! If the fighting isn’t solid and/or balanced the whole game essentially falls apart. With Mortal Kombat X’s fighting not only is the fighting solid and balanced it’s also varied from each character in how they play. Each character has a “variation” to choose from, for instance Sub-Zero has Unbreakable which give him more defensive and counter attack moves, Cryomancer which makes him more offensive with the use more ice weapon based moves such as a sword and a hammer, and then he has the Grandmaster which is essentially the more Balanced variation being able to throw his ice clones he generates. At first I did not think that the variation system would actually change gameplay but after playing around with different characters and their variations it actually does. Each one has a few special moves and techniques that are special to that variation only they also have a certain aesthetic for each character. So this definitely creates for some interesting match ups! However most hardcore players will go with a few variations and learn them fully. It should be noted that one variation does not over power another it just changes the way the character will play.
During the fights depending on where you fight you have can interact with certain environments of the stage from using 2X4’s to pots of burning ash or even an old lady! They increase what you can do during the game and with most of them you can combo into them!
As its predecessor Mortal Kombat 2011 you have a meter bar where you can do an enhanced version of one of your special moves, a Breaker move to stop your opponent in their tracks from doing a combo on you, or you can do “I don’t know how you can just easily get up after I cracked your skull, destroyed your chance of ever having kids, and shot you in the face move!” Or as the game calls them X-Rays. They are back and crazier than ever! It makes you wonder how are they not Fatalities!
Speaking of which! Fatalities have always been a staple of the Mortal Kombat franchise having a Mortal Kombat with them is like having a chocolate cake without chocolate! They are back and crazier than ever! Having played every Mortal Kombat the fatalities have never really made me cringe, I would at most say “that’s crazy” and just shrug it off. Not with Mortal Kombat X! The fatalities are out of this world insane! They definitely went all out with them this time around. Actually making me cringe and say that no child should play MKX! From having a character rip your brain and heart out to cracking your jaw wide open and taking a selfie and posting it on “Friendships” the Mortal Kombat Facebook. It makes you wonder what the creators were thinking when they were designing them, because while they are cringe worthy they are creative and I have to give Netherrealm Studios credit for that.
While this is a fighting game one would not think that the story mode would be big focus of the game. However anyone who has played the previous Mortal Kombat game knows that’s the not the case! If you haven’t played the previous games story I highly recommend that you do because the story was one of the best parts of the game it was so well done that it in my opinion set a standard for fighting games and even some action games that have come out. Mortal Kombat X’s story is no difference either! While it may be shorter than the last one it definitely is more personal I felt. Seeing the new generation of fighters go through and learn how to be a team and function as one! It may lack direction at some points but I was still very into it! The story mode also lets players take control of various characters taking on around 4 or so fights learning not only motives for the character or the history he/she has. So it’s a great way to maybe figure out who you would like to use a main character.
Another very important part of a fighting game is its characters! Usually in Mortal Kombat games I will just play as Sub-Zero maybe Scorpion, Liu Kang, Kitana and Kung Lao. With Mortal Kombat X I don’t know what they did but I honestly want to play as every character in the game. They are unique in terms of personality and move-sets. The developers somehow found a way to make every character accessible which is a mark of a great game! I personally hate playing Grapple characters but Kotal Khan and Jax with his Wrestler variation have me rethinking grapple characters. It felt great to be able to finally branch out and play as one of the 25 available characters.
When you first start the game you will be asked to pick a faction. You have the choice of picking between Lin Kuei, White Lotus, Brotherhood of Shadow, Red Dragon, or Special Forces. Everything you do in the game or online will earn that Faction XP and at the end of the week that faction won the “war” the more you do for that faction the more things you’ll get from it certain things for your Online Banner or Faction fatalities.
In my experience with online it has been super stable and having only experienced lag a couple times but only for a few seconds before the game corrected itself and it was back to a smooth experience! King of the Hill makes a return from the last MK game which goes back to the old days of being in at an arcade machine and playing A fighting game and people would watch or try to beat the “king” it’s a nice addition that brings back memories for me. If online play isn’t your thing there is always Couch Co-Op with even more modes to choose from and less the possible online verbal abuse!
Single Player Misc.
For a fighting game Mortal Kombat X is packed with tons of single player content with the standard arcade mode which will get your characters extra skins to use in battle. There also a new mode called “Living Towers” which will update every hour, day, or there are premier towers which sometimes will allow the player to test out new DLC characters before you make the decision of buying them. There’s also other towers that will have you battle in crazy conditions such as having to avoid lasers as you fight or bombs drop or having an item that with one hit can kill you! It’s sort of like Super Smash Bros. but crazier! Which is saying something!
Like most previous Mortal Kombat games MKX has a Krypt where you will use your in game currency that you’ve earned to spend it on new costumes, concept art, new fatalities, new brutalities, extra money and so much more! You go around in a first person view and search for hidden pathways and go to tombs and buy whatever is in there. You will be attacked randomly and if you can fend off the attacker you will get a nice little present! It’s just fun to explore the dark and eerie places.
Mortal Kombat X is a game that I have been looking forward to for a very long time! It was the first game I ever played as a kid and this game had so much hype built up for it that not only does it live up to it but far exceeds my expectations! The game looks good and plays great! It’s fast paced and technical fightingare unmatched by a lot of fighters that are out today! Offering something for every player whether Hardcore or Casual, everyone can enjoy Mortal Kombat X! I give Mortal Kombat X 10 squashed brains out of 10! I have nothing bad to say about this in my own personal experience with game. It what I wanted and more!
+Ton of content and modes for both single and multiplayer.
=Good story mode although at times does lacks a clear motive sometimes.
+Great fight mechanics.
+Varied environments that can change up combat.
=Awesome character roster even though some fan favorites are missing.
I have heard of SOME people having problems with PS4 and PC versions of the game and hope that all issues are remedied. I personally have not seen any issues on the Xbox One version.